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Peter Addyman, former Director of the York Archaeological Trust, describes the archaeological search for Eoforwic (Anglian York), and Jorvik (Viking age York), in the 1970s and 1980s. Large areas of both were uncovered. The massive excavations in Coppergate revealed well-preserved Viking-age structures, copious and varied artefacts, and led to the creation of the now world-famous Jorvik Viking Centre. Anglian settlement areas excavated elsewhere were less well-preserved and less amenable to popular public presentation. In a sense this allowed Jorvik to eclipse Eoforwic in the public mind.
Peter Addyman, after an early career as a university lecturer, founded York Archaeological Trust in 1972 and was its director until 2002. He was also the founding Chairman of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and a former President of the Council for British Archaeology, the Yorkshire Archaeological Society and the Yorkshire Philosophical Society. He is currently Chairman of York Civic Trust.
Using an authentic Anglo-Saxon recipe, Leeds Brewery is brewing some beer – Eoforwic Ale – for York Festival of Ideas. It will be on sale throughout the Festival at the Duke of York pub on King’s Square, York, and will also be available at the Back to the Beer-Hall: More Anglo-Saxon Poetry evening taking place in the pub on Thursday 11 June.
Guerilla Signs: In search of Anglian York
Eoforwic was the name for York during the four and a half centuries between Roman York and the Viking city. This period, the Anglian (or Anglo-Saxon) era was long, yet there are few visible reminders of it in the modern city. Guerilla signs made by the Friends of York’s Anglian Era will appear along the city walls and elsewhere near the city centre, to highlight the buried evidence and lost treasures of that time.